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Bruin Bites: Beat Southern Cal Gameday Edition

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It's finally here: the most important game of the year for our football team and for Jim Mora's young UCLA career. The Bruins have a golden opportunity to punish the Trojans for last year's 50-0 drubbing and today marks a simple proposition for UCLA football: win or fail.

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Today marks the day that we take on the hated Trojans from Southern Cal. It's been a huge, winning week for the wider Bruin universe, with UCLA hearing our voices and banning the Trojans' skirt-wearing mascot and his tiny sword from stabbing our logo, and with super freshman Shabazz Muhammad being reinstated by the NCAA after their tainted investigation was exposed. But all of those victories will matter for nothing if Jim Mora and our football team come up short today. For the first time since 2001, the Bruins enter the game as the higher-ranked team. Southern Cal's season has come off the rails, with three losses, after starting off as the pre-season No. 1 team in the AP poll: that's what happens when Lane Kiffin is your coach (Pete Carroll was a cheating a**hole, but at least he knew how to cheat and win, as opposed to cheat and look stupid).

Let's take a trip down memory lane:

UCLA's Eric McNeal Interception vs. USC (via jtthirtyfour)

It's time that we retire that highlight, that we get new highlights of our Bruins triumphing over the Trojans. That happens today. As we've said before, there is no excuse to lose to the Trojans this year. Not at the Rose Bowl. Not with the talented roster we have.

It's WIN OR FAIL for Jim Mora today. This season will not be a success if the Bruins choke at the Rose Bowl against a very beatable Southern Cal team on Saturday.

So, with that said, let's get to the bits and pieces of news floating around the UCLA-iverse at the beginning of this work week. Here's the Bruin Bites for this Monday morning:

Those are your pre-game Bruin Bites. This is your morning college football, pre-game, f**k-up Southern Cal open thread. For now, feel free to fire away with your thoughts in the open thread or check out the BN previews of "the other team" from across town (coaching, offense, and defense/special teams). Finally, if you haven't done so already, make sure you get your pre-game guesses in before kick-off at 12:05 p.m. PT on Fox. No, not Fox Sports: actual Fox.

Time to get it done Bruins. This is the game.

F**K '$C!

GO BRUINS!